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Aswan: The City Of Civilization And Magic

Aswan was historically considered one of the most important cities in southern Egypt and the southern gateway to it.

The city of Aswan, located on the banks of the Nile in the south, which embraces the ancient Egyptian civilization. Therefore, tourism in Aswan is a destination for thousands of tourists annually.

Aswan includes many important cultural and archaeological monuments, where complete museums and temples that still exist today in all their grandeur, such as the Temple of Philae and the Temple of Kom Ombo. Aswan is also famous for medical tourism, which treats many skin diseases. In addition to a distinguished group of wonderful natural attractions, perhaps the most important of which is the warm Aswan sun, which attracts many tourists, especially during the winter months. Aswan contains a wonderful group of recreational parks, which are located on the banks of the Nile River. It is a more than wonderful tourist destination and has a special nature and place among the tourist destinations in Egypt.

The Plants Island

One of the most popular recreational parks in the city of Aswan is the beautiful island of plants. It is an island in the middle of the Nile River, and there is a wonderful variety of rare trees and plants in the world, such as the "royal palm tree".

During the trip to the island of plants, the visitor enjoys a more than wonderful river tour, and then arrives at the island, where relaxation and tranquility in the island's dreamy atmosphere, in which shaded boards are spread to protect from the sun, and paved paths for walking or jogging among the unique trees and plants. The island also includes a variety of beautiful colorful birds, as well as a café overlooking the Nile, to enjoy your favorite drink on that distinctive view.


Philae Temple

It is a beautiful temple that attracts tourists. It was rescued from drowning after the construction of the High Dam, by UNESCO and transferred from the island of Philae to the island of Agilika.

The temple includes many huge columns, carved with decorations, inscriptions and murals with wonderful drawings, which lived through many antique historical eras. And do not forget to take souvenir pictures of you next to this great architectural building.


Elephantine Island

It includes many ancient temples, the most important of which is the “Aswan Temple”. In addition to rare antiques. It is one of the beautiful Aswan islands that attract tourism trips in Aswan.

Elephantine Island is inhabited by Nubians with their brightly colored mud-brick houses that attract tourists, with their handicrafts and artworks, which are very popular as souvenirs. This island was named after its shapes that resemble elephant tusks.


Agilika Island

Aligilika Island is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Aswan, as it is one of the most popular and attractive tourist areas for visitors and tourists. And there is the ancient Egyptian Museum, which was transferred to it, after it sank from the floods of the Nile River. The island is located in the reservoir of the old dam of Aswan. The temples of Philae were also moved to it, as it is an island surrounded by historical temples, islands, rocks and picturesque nature.

The island allows the visitor to enjoy a cruise around the island and its unique landmarks, see pictures and pharaonic sculptures on the walls, and take the most beautiful memorial photos. You can also visit Trajan's Kiosk, which is like a stone canopy on the Nile River. Do not miss the opportunity of this charming island, during your holiday in Aswan.


The Incomplete Obelisk

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It is one of the prominent monuments, as it attracts tourists from all over. The ancient Egyptians carved this obelisk thousands of years ago, but they will not complete it yet, so it was called by that name.

Tourists there enjoy learning about the tools used to carve this magnificent obelisk, and the methods of ancient Egyptian stonework. They can also go down the obelisk, and see ancient drawings of ostriches, dolphins and many other dazzling ancient drawings.


The Kom Ombo Temple

It is located on the banks of the Nile. It was built in the Ptolemaic period, and was developed during the following ages. It is one of the most important tourist areas in Aswan.

The Kom Ombo Temple has an impressive architecture, with two identical entrances. The temple includes many halls, which contain columns with imaginative inscriptions and drawings. It also has a group of statues, which have a special sanctity for the ancient Egyptians, in addition to mummified crocodiles located next to the temple. You can also reach the Kom Ombo Temple by an enjoyable river cruise. Do not miss visiting this temple during your trip in Aswan.


Sohail Island

It is one of the distinctive historical and tourist attractions, which are frequented by tourists and visitors alike. This is due to the island's beauty of nature and ancient history.

Perhaps the most prominent of the archaeological sites on Sohail Island is the ancient Nubian village, which was a source of granite used in the construction of temples and giant obelisks. As well as many historical paintings, the most important of which is the Famine engraved in hieroglyphs.


Abu Simbel Temple

It is famous for its amazing ancient and modern architectural and engineering designs. It is one of the most important tourist areas in Aswan, to which tourists come constantly from all over the world. The temple is located west of Lake Nasser, the largest artificial lake in the world.

The Temple of Abu Simbel has been saved from destruction, through UNESCO. King Ramses II built these temples, and dedicated the Great Temple to him. There are four huge statues of the king, and four other small statues at the feet of the king's sons, his mother and his wife. The most important thing that attracts tourists to this temple are two important surprising events that are repeated every year: the phenomenon of “the sun’s rays perpendicular to the face of the statue of the king on the two days of his birthday and the day of his coronation on the throne”!.


High Dam

The Aswan High Dam is one of the important tourist areas that tourists are keen to visit. The High Dam is distinguished by the grandeur of its design and historical importance, as well as the immensity of its architectural construction, at the global level during the twentieth century.

The aim of building this huge project is to protect the country from the floods of the Nile River, and to work to preserve it in the giant artificial lake reservoir for the time of need in the drought years. And the water from that lake is pushed through holes in the dam, to form a terrible artificial waterfall, which rotates the turbines to generate electricity.


Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.

— Gustave Flaubert

Nubia Museum

The Nubian Museum is one of the important archaeological and historical monuments, which attracts tourists throughout the year. The museum includes many artifacts from the Kingdom of Kush, “Ancient Nubia”. As well as a distinctive set of old black and white photographs of the UNESCO project to save the Abu Simbel Temple and Philae Temple.

This is in addition to pictures of many lost temples and monuments, as well as a group of distinguished statues, most notably the statue of Ramses II. It also has a special section for Nubian handicrafts and unique folk arts.


The Kalabsha Temple

It was built in the early Roman era in southern Aswan, and it is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Aswan, which is frequented by tourists and visitors in Aswan.

Kalabsha Temple has magnificent architectural designs, and was dedicated to the worship of the Nubian god Mandulis, the sun god. The temple was in danger of flooding, but it was moved to Lake Nasser by UNESCO.


Aswan Museum

It was built to preserve the antiquities, which were found during the excavation of the High Dam. The museum is located on the island of Elephantine, and there are many ancient Nubian monuments, and the effects of Elephantine Island of pots, mummies, pottery and weapons.

The Aswan Museum is distinguished by its inclusion of an entire hall called “Khnum Hall”, which is dedicated to displaying the ark and the mummy of the Holy Lamb. Aswan Museum allows visitors to enjoy a cruise amidst the tourist attractions and picturesque nature. There are also many amazing statues and carvings, paintings and texts dating back to different eras. In addition to pottery and copper tools, weapons and much more.


Nile Museum

It is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Aswan. The Nile Museum includes many traces of the ancient life of the Nile Basin Valley, as well as documentation of water projects that were carried out along the course of the Nile, from the early times to the modern era.

The Nile Museum includes ancient murals, highlighting the life of the ancient Egyptian farmer, and his irrigation and harvest work. In addition, it includes a distinguished collection of artworks by the great Egyptian artists.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Rawan Osama


Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 13, 2021:

Hey Alicia!

Thanks for your kind words

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 13, 2021:

You’ve written a very informative and interesting article. Thank you for sharing the facts about Aswan.

Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 12, 2021:

Thank you so much, dear Emy!

Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on June 12, 2021:

I enjoyed reading this article about the beautiful city of Aswan. Thank you Rawan

Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 11, 2021:

Hi Nain!

Thanks for Reading and your Comment

Stay safe!

Nian from Pakistan on June 11, 2021:

Informative and detailed article.

Thanks for sharing!

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